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Upcoming Events

Recognition and Elimination of Bias - A Judicial Perspective

January 13, 2020

Please join local judicial officers for an important CLE to discuss the recognition of bias within our legal profession - and whether "elimination" of bias is feasible. Topics will include diversity within trial teams, addressing and identifying bias within the courtroom, and bias in the context of settlement discussions. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. This program is suitable for all levels of experience,
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Litigation Brown Bag Lunch:
What Civil Litigators Should Know About the Criminal Division of Superior Court

February 5, 2020

Please join this group of distinguished Superior Court Judges from the Van Nuys Courthouse West for an informal session in which they will discuss various aspects of practice and procedure in the Criminal Division.  Topics will include felonies, misdemeanors, preliminary hearings, diversion programs, jury selection, trial, and significant differences between civil and criminal practice and procedure.  This program is suitable for all levels of experience, from junior lawyers to seasoned practitioners who typically litigate civil cases.
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Litigation 2020 Bench Meets the Bar Luncheon

February 18, 2020

Please join us for the 2020 Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section's Bench Meets Bar Luncheon where prominent judges and lawyers from the Los Angeles legal community will gather in a unique and collegial atmosphere to meet and discuss the state of the local Federal, State and Appellate Courts.
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LACBA Litigation Section Statement in Support of the Independence of the Judiciary

In light of recent statements challenging the legitimacy of judicial opinions, including opinions issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association reaffirms its support of an independent and impartial judiciary that is free from political influence and intimidation. The judiciary’s independence and impartiality are foundational to our constitutional democracy. We affirm the right to challenge a judge’s ruling for reasons based in fact, law, or policy. However, when robust criticism of the federal judiciary crosses into personal attacks or intimidation, it threatens to undermine public confidence in the fairness of our courts, the constitutional checks and balances underlying our government, and the preservation of our courts. Therefore, we must remain vigilant to protect the judiciary against attacks that seek to undermine the public’s confidence in the legitimacy of the courts and in the rule of law. In doing so, we stand together with the judiciary, which serves as a vital component of our government’s system of checks and balances.

The Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association issues this statement in its name only and not on behalf of LACBA as a whole or any other Section or Committee thereof. Nor is this Statement issued on behalf of any member of the judiciary nor any other member of the Section for whom participation in the formulation of the position would conflict with that member's official or professional responsibilities. This statement was authorized by the private sector attorneys serving on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Members of the Judiciary and employees of the City, State, or Federal Government who serve on the Litigation Section Executive Committee did not participate in the decision to issue this statement.

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Photos from the Kickoff Reception for the LACBA Litigation Section Executive Committee are on facebook here


LACBA Board of Trustees Adopts Resolution Concerning New Section Procedures
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Welcome to the Litigation Section's web page. 

The Litigation Section seeks to improve and further the standards of trial practice and the art of advocacy in civil litigation through the review, consideration of, and comment on proposed legislation and court rule changes; the presentation of topical and informative programs; and the development and distribution of educational materials.

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Kirk Dillman Receives Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award

KirkDillmanPhotoLACBA congratulates Kirk Dillman, a principal in the Los Angeles office of McKool Smith Hennigan, who was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award. The Award is given annually by LACBA’s Litigation Section to a Los Angeles trial lawyer whose career demonstrates the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm, and collegiality as the Section’s former chair, Jim Robie. Not only was Mr. Robie an accomplished trial lawyer, he was a consummate professional who embraced civility and service to the bar and the civil justice system. 

Mr. Dillman, who specializes in complex commercial litigation and trial practice, primarily in the areas of finance, securities, energy, real estate, trade secrets, partnership, and healthcare fraud, said “It is truly humbling to receive an award that honors the amazing life and spirit of Jim Robie.”


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Past Chairs

Joshua G. Hamilton
Helen Zukin
Kirk D. Dillman
Roxanne Wilson
Jeff Westerman
Daniel Crowley
Vince Herron 
Elizabeth D. Mann 
James R. Robie
Paul R. Kiesel 
Richard J. Burdge, Jr. 
Patricia Egan Daehnke 
Debra J. Albin-Riley 
Roderick G. Dorman 
Stephen R. English 
Gretchen M. Nelson
Dean A. Ziehl 
Alan K. Steinbrecher
Brian A. Sun
J. Michael Hennigan 
Michael S. Fields 
Hon. Lee S. Edmon 
Hon. Jane L. Johnson 
David J. Pasternak
Hon. Teresa A. Beaudet 
Hon. Norman L. Epstein 
Barbara A. Reeves Neal 
Hon. Rex A. Heeseman 
Andrew J. Nocas 
Richard C. Davidoff 
Patrick M. Kelly 
Judith Ilene Bloom 
Robert B. Flaig 
Hon. H. Walter Croskey
Richard F. Oetting 
Richard Chernick 
Robert G. Overby 
Henry G. Bodkin, Jr. 
James L. Nolan 
Mark B. Pepys 
Ronald F. Brot 
Thomas P. Phillips, III
Bela G. Lugosi 
Henry J. Bogust 
Downey A. Grosenbaugh